Albert Edward JOHNSON

JOHNSON, Albert Edward

Service Number: 8008
Enlisted: 8 October 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wilmot, Tasmania, Australia, 4 August 1901
Home Town: Devonport, Devonport, Tasmania
Schooling: West Devonport State School, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in action, France, 25 August 1918, aged 17 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Devonport Cenotaph, Hobart Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

8 Oct 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 8008, 12th Infantry Battalion
28 Feb 1918: Involvement Private, 8008, 12th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Nestor embarkation_ship_number: A71 public_note: ''
28 Feb 1918: Embarked Private, 8008, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Albert joined the AIF in Devonport, Tasmania 8 October 1917. He put his age by two years as he was born on 4 August 1901 and was only sixteen years age. Albert only joined his Battalion in France on 28 July 1918. He was killed in action less than a month later.  He was wounded in the right leg, and was put under a bank ready for removal by stretcher bearers, when he was hit again by a piece of shrapnel, killing him instantly.

On his Roll of Honour form, it is stated, ‘he had a brother, Charles Albert George Johnson, a cripple for life, fractured femur, 40th Battalion AIF.”